Centennial offers shutdown effort vs. Urbandale

Centennial offers shutdown effort vs. Urbandale

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Centennial offers shutdown effort vs. Urbandale

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Ankeny Centennial has everything at an arm’s reach.

The fifth-ranked Jaguars, statistically Class 4-A’s stingiest defense and likely a state leader in deflected passes or tipped balls, use their long limbs to defensive dominance.

They disrupted Urbandale’s potent offense enough to pull down a 49-29 win Tuesday night.

“We track steals, deflections, forced turnovers,” Centennial coach Bob Fontana said, “and people probably think we’ve got length and kids that can just do it, but you’ve got to have them buy in.

“The kids have bought in to our philosophy. I can’t pick one guy, because we had an outstanding effort defensively tonight by everybody that touched the floor for us.”

With four starters listed at 6-foot-4 and taller, Centennial (9-1) blocked shots and threw up hands at Urbandale’s perimeter passing attack.

The J-Hawks (7-4) arrived Tuesday averaging 64.4 points and 7.4 made 3-pointers per game. They left with just four hits from behind the arc and their fourth defeat in six games.

“They have a bunch of shooters and we had to get a hand up,” Centennial senior forward Carter Burns said. “We’re trying to anticipate, getting in passing lanes and get as many steals as we can. And it gets them out of their offense.”

CIML BOYS: Tuesday’s results

Burns helped put the Jaguars ahead early with a pair of first-quarter treys, and they never looked back with their consistently balanced workload. All five starters scored between six and 15 points in the Central Iowa Conference victory, paced by point guard Byron Harp.

“We’ve improved offensively and 49 points might not show that, but Urbandale had something to do with that,” Fontana said.

“I thought we were patient at times offensively when we had the lead.”

Urbandale still managed to show some of the grit that made it an 11-loss state tournament team last season. Jaran Sabus, a 6-1 guard, grabbed a game-high 11 rebounds. Brody Egger battled for all of his team-high 13 points.

The J-Hawks got as close as eight points in the fourth quarter on Tuesday, their third road game in five days.

“Centennial’s length and athleticism is as good as I’ve seen from a high school team,” Urbandale coach Brad Bjorkgren said. “Besides that, they’re a grind-it-out defensive team and you’ve got to be strong with the basketball. We weren’t tonight.”

The victory opened up Centennial’s four-game home stand. The Jaguars host Marshalltown and No. 8 Linn-Mar on Friday and Saturday.

URBANDALE (29)— Motter 0 0-0 0, Egger 5 2-6 13, Sabus 2 2-4 7, Walter 2 0-0 6, May 1 0-0 2, Hart 0 0-0 0, J. Smith 0 0-0 0, Sturgers 0 1-2 1, Miller 0 0-0 0, D. Smith 0 0-0 0. Totals 10 5-12.

CENTENNIAL (49)— Svihovec 3 0-0 6, Harp 4 4-6 15, Schon 5 3-4 13, Brunkow 2 2-2 7, Burns 3 0-0 8, Edwards 0 0-0 0, Kasperbauer 0 0-0 0, Oelmann 0 0-0 0, Smith 0 0-0 0, Friedman 0 0-0 0, Gymer 0 0-0 0. Totals 17 9-12.

Urbandale10 3 11 5—29

Centennial17 7 11 14—49

3-point goals—Urbandale 4 (Walter 2, Egger, Sabus), Centennial 6 (Harp 3, Burns 2, Brunkow). Fouls—Urbandale 12, Centennial 13.

GIRLS

Centennial 45,

Urbandale 22

Eighth-ranked Ankeny Centennial wore down a game Urbandale defense to earn a Central Iowa Conference win Tuesday night.

A 13-all tie at halftime was broken open as the Jaguars (7-4) went on a 23-2 second-half run. They stay unbeaten since winter break.

“We all just came together and realized we needed to work harder if we wanted to get back to winning games,” Centennial sophomore Kylee Macke said.

While Kennedy Kracht and Mallary Erbes had all but one basket for Urbandale (8-5), the Jaguars had eight scorers in their 13-player lineup. Macke helped snap Urbandale’s four-game win streak with her career-high 11 points.

CIML GIRLS: Tuesday’s results

“At halftime coach said the perimeter players had to be less timid,” she said. “Drive the ball, shoot, actually do something to get everybody open.”

Kracht led the J-Hawks with 11 points and 10 rebounds.

URBANDALE (22)—Erbes 3 2-2 8, Brees 0 0-0 0, Shellmyer 0 0-0 0, Heller 1 0-0 3, Kracht 5 1-5 11, Noah 0 0-0 0, Havran 0 0-0 0, Sawyer 0 0-0 0, Barclay 0 0-0 0. Totals 9 3-7.

CENTENNIAL (45)—Brandt 3 0-0 7, Wycoff 2 0-0 6, Lindaman 3 0-0 6, Williams 1 0-0 3, Vipond 2 2-6 6, Macke 4 1-1 11, Ballard 0 0-0 0, Matter 2 0-0 4, Stoelk 0 0-0 0, Heston 0 0-0 0, Dahm 0 0-0 0, McCullough 1 0-0 2, Fontana 0 0-0 0. Totals 18 3-7.

Urbandale8 5 7 2—22

Centennial8 5 16 16—45

3-point goals—Urbandale 1 (Heller), Centennial 6 (Macke 2, Wycoff 2, Brandt, Williams). Fouls—Urbandale 8, Centennial 13.

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